Tags: the | holy | grail | found

The Holy Grail Found in Spanish Basilica, Claim Historians

Wednesday, 02 Apr 2014 07:11 AM

By Nick Sanchez

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The search for the Holy Grail has spanned thousands of years and borne countless works of art, and that sacred search may have finally come to a conclusion inside the San Isidro basilica in León, Spain.

"This is a very important discovery because it helps solve a big puzzle," historian Margarita Torres told The Irish Times. "We believe this could be start of a wonderful stage of research."

Doctor Reveals : Healing Powers of Prayer

The chalice in question is made of agate, gold, and onyx and set with precious stones and is thought to be the cup from which Jesus drank at The Last Supper. It has undergone a scientific dating process that places its creation between 200 BC and 100 AD – making it a viable candidate. It sits within another antique cup, the Chalice of Doña Urruca, and has resided at the basilica since the 11th century.

Torres and her colleague José Ortega del Río had originally been studying Islamic artifacts at Cairo's University of al-Azhar in 2011 when they discovered two medieval Egyptian parchments that described how the Muslims took the cup from Jerusalem to Cairo.

The Egyptians eventually gave the cup to an emir who lived in the Mediterranean coastal city of Dénia when much of Spain was under Muslim rule for help with a famine they'd suffered.

From there, the cup came to be in the possession of Christian King Ferdinand I of Castile and was passed to his daughter, Doña Urraca.

Using the newfound writings, the historians were able to confirm the identity of the Doña Urraca cup which was made of the materials described in the parchments and also missing a fragment.

The pair admit the cup's whereabouts during the first 400 years of its history are still unknown, however they say there's no doubt this was the cup many early Christians thought to be the chalice.

"The only chalice that could be considered the chalice of Christ is that which made the journey to Cairo and then from Cairo to León – and that is this chalice," said Torres.

According to The Guardian UK, there are over 200 chalices across Europe claimed to be the Holy Grail. Torres and Ortega del Río hope that the book in which they present their findings about the Doña Urraca goblet, "Kings of the Grail," will also serve to debunk many of those claims.

Francis: Who Is Pope Francis? Book Reveals the Man

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

'Today Show' Bombshell Firing Report False, but Chaos Continues at NBC

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 10:44 AM

The "Today" show bombshell report saying hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales were fired turned out to be false, but s . . .

Banker's Throat Slit: Detectives Swing From Foul Play to Suicide

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 10:55 AM

Detectives now think a Citigroup banker found in the bathtub of his New York City apartment with his throat slit may hav . . .

Joe Arpaio: Obama's Immigration Order Is Unconstitutional, I'm Suing

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 10:36 AM

Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit against Obama on Thursday, calling the president's sweeping immigration reform unconstitution . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved